Hospitals in Thailand
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Hospitals in Thailand are operated by both the public and private sector, to provide medical services for prevention, cure and rehabilitation of patients with medical and health-related conditions. The majority are operated by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH). Private hospitals are regulated by the Medical Registration Division under the MOPH's Department of Health Service Support following the Sanatorium Act, B.E. 2541. Other government units and public organisations also operate hospitals, including the military, universities, local governments and the Red Cross. As of 2010, there are 1,002 public hospitals and 316 registered private hospitals.
- 1 Public hospitals
- 1.1 Office of the Permanent Secretary
- 1.2 Other departments
- 1.3 Non-MOPH agencies
- 1.4 University hospitals
- 1.5 CPIRD Medical Education Centers
- 2 Private hospitals
- 3 See also
- 4 References
Most public (i.e., state-owned) hospitals fall under the authority of the Ministry of Public Health. The majority of these are provincial hospitals under the aegis of the Office of the Permanent Secretary of the MOPH. Others are operated by the Department of Medical Services, Department of Mental Health, Department of Health, and Department of Disease Control. Certain non-MOPH state agencies also operate hospitals.
Office of the Permanent Secretary
The provincial hospitals under the Office of the Permanent Secretary are classified as follows:
Regional hospitals (Thai: โรงพยาบาลศูนย์) are found in provincial centres, have a capacity of at least 500 beds and have a comprehensive set of specialists on staff. These hospitals are capable of tertiary care and are under the category A (advanced) level hospital in the MOPH's service plan. There are a total of 33 regional hospitals in Thailand.
General hospitals (Thai: โรงพยาบาลทั่วไป) are located in province capitals or major districts and have a capacity of 200 to 500 beds. These hospitals are capable of secondary care. There are a total of 83 general hospitals in Thailand.
Community hospitals (Thai: โรงพยาบาลชุมชน) are located in the district level and are usually limited to providing primary care treatment, while referring patients in need of more advanced or specialised care to general or regional hospitals. Some community hospitals are capable of secondary care. They are further classified by size:
- Large community hospitals have a capacity of 90 to 150 beds.
- Medium community hospitals have a capacity of 60 beds.
- Small community hospitals have a capacity of 10 to 30 beds.
Crown Prince Hospitals (Somdet Phra Yuppharat Hospitals)
Crown Prince hospitals (Thai: โรงพยาบาลสมเด็จพระยุพราช) are community hospitals (except Sa Kaeo Crown Prince Hospital which is a general hospital) with a capacity of 30 to 200 beds, all with capabilities of primary care and some providing secondary care. These hospitals are operated by the Crown Prince Hospital Foundation. Construction of 20 Crown Prince hospitals was initiated in 1977, during the prime minstership of Thanin Kraivichien, to provide medical services at distant locations throughout the country and as a present for King Vajiralongkorn's (then Crown Prince) royal marriage on 3 January 1977. There are 21 Crown Prince hospitals in Thailand:
- Northern Region
- Chiang Khong Crown Prince Hospital, Chiang Khong District, Chiang Rai Province
- Taphan Hin Crown Prince Hospital, Taphan Hin District, Phichit Province
- Pua Crown Prince Hospital, Pua District, Nan Province
- Nakhon Thai Crown Prince Hospital, Nakhon Thai District, Phitsanulok Province
- Lom Kao Crown Prince Hospital, Lom Kao District, Phetchabun Province
- Den Chai Crown Prince Hospital, Den Chai District, Phrae Province
- Northeastern Region
- Det Udom Crown Prince Hospital, Det Udom District, Ubon Ratchathani Province
- Tha Bo Crown Prince Hospital, Tha Bo District, Nong Khai Province
- Kranuan Crown Prince Hospital, Kranuan District, Khon Kaen Province
- Ban Dung Crown Prince Hospital, Ban Dung District, Udon Thani Province
- Kuchinarai Crown Prince Hospital, Kuchinarai District, Kalasin Province
- That Phanom Crown Prince Hospital, That Phanom District, Nakhon Phanom Province
- Sawang Daen Din Crown Prince Hospital, Sawang Daen Din District, Sakon Nakhon Province
- Loeng Nok Tha Crown Prince Hospital, Loeng Nok Tha District, Yasothon Province
- Dan Sai Crown Prince Hospital, Dan Sai District, Loei Province
- Southern Region
Sub-district Health Promoting Hospitals
Sub-district Health Promoting Hospitals (Thai: โรงพยาบาลส่งเสริมสุขภาพตำบล) are hospitals that are operated by either the MOPH or Department of Local Administration and were initially called "health stations" (Thai: สถานีอนามัย). These hospitals only have primary care capabilities and often serve villages within districts. Almost all of these hospitals do not accept inpatients and usually have no doctor on duty for the entire time. Such hospitals therefore will have medical staff entering irregularly from the community hospital within that district. In 2009, Abhisit Vejjajiva's cabinet approved a policy to improve the quality of healthcare services provided at health stations throughout Thailand and funding was allocated into the Thai Khem Khaeng programme to upgrade existing health stations to sub-district health promoting hospitals and improve quality of care.
The Department of Medical Services (DMS) operates several public central hospitals in Bangkok, including Rajavithi Hospital and Lerdsin Hospital. It is also responsible for all specialised hospitals, both inside and outside Bangkok, such as the National Cancer Institute, Prasat Neurological Institute, the Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health. This is with the exception of public specialised hospitals in the field of psychiatry where all hospitals are under the responsibility of the Department of Mental Health (DMH), such as the Somdet Chaopraya Institute of Psychiatry and Srithanya Hospital.
Other organisations also operate public hospitals in Thailand and citizens of Thailand can use their medical services under the Universal Coverage Scheme at no additional cost. These organisations include:
- Thai Red Cross Society
- Ministry of Defence
- Office of the Surgeon General, Royal Thai Police
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Finance
- Bangkok Metropolitan Administration
- Department of Local Administration
- Pattaya City
- Phuket Provincial Administration
- Nakhon Si Thammarat City Municipality
- Udon Thani City Municipality
- Chiang Mai City Municipality
- State Railway of Thailand
- Port Authority of Thailand
- Metropolitan Electricity Authority
This type of hospital is affiliated with faculties of medicine at universities and colleges in Thailand. Most of these hospitals are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education and provide medical services at the "super tertiary care" level. These hospitals are equipped with the best resources in Thailand considering they are medical schools for teaching and research. However, some hospitals are under the authority of the affiliated university, but are not used for medical student training, but rather only for research purposes or to provide specialised treatment.
|Hospital Name||Affiliated University||Province|
|Golden Jubilee Medical Center||Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University||Nakhon Pathom|
|Hospital for Tropical Diseases||Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University||Bangkok|
|Suan Sunandha Hospital||College of Allied Health Sciences and College of Nursing and Health, Suan Sunandha Rajabhat University (Samut Songkhram Campus)||Samut Songkhram|
CPIRD Medical Education Centers
In 1994, the cabinet approved of a cooperation between the MOPH and Thai universities to organise a program known as the 'Collaborative Project to Increase Production of Rural Doctors (CPIRD)' in order to increase the number of medical personnel in rural areas of Thailand. To reach these goals, the cabinet set up the CPIRD Office in 1997 to oversee the project's activities. In terms of education, the preclinic level of study (years 1-3) will take place at the student's university or college. At the clinical level of study (years 4-6), study will take place at hospitals all around the country under the guidance of the MOPH. 'Medical Education Centers' (Thai: ศูนย์แพทยศาสตรศึกษา ชั้นคลินิก) have been established for medical students in the CPIRD program at these hospitals. There are currently 45 CPIRD Medical Education Centers in Thailand.
Some hospitals in Thailand are operated by the private sector by either a private limited company or a public limited company. Specialised private hospitals in the fields of ophthalmology and dentistry are common.
The term "general hospital", when referring to private hospitals, refer to hospitals which provide non-specialised care. Private hospitals with fewer than 30 beds are officially termed "health centres". Both accept patient admissions.
- "ข้อมูลทั่วไปเกี่ยวกับสถานบริการ". Bureau of Policy and Strategy website (in Thai). Bureau of Policy and Strategy, Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Public Health. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
- "เล่มแผนพัฒนาระบบบริการสุขภาพ (Service Plan) พ.ศ. 2561-2565".
- "กรมการแพทย์ กระทรวงสาธารณสุข".
- "กรมสุขภาพจิค กระทรวงสาธารณสุข".
- This article incorporates material from the corresponding Thai article, th:โรงพยาบาลในประเทศไทย.